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Monday, 15 April 2013 17:50

Rugby: Match Report: Outeniqua Beat Boishaai in Try Fest

Written by  Deon de Waal

An early morning road trip down to Paarl from George for a schoolboy rugby match and what a game it was.

 outThe weather was perfect with no wind and a pretty warm, sunny day. Ideal for good running rugby and what a ding-dong battle these two teams provided. It was played at a frenetic pace and the crowd, that was probably about 3000 strong, were entertained to a game that moved from one side of the field to the other in the blink of an eye.

This was a game that from the first whistle was going to be settled by whether Booishaai’s pack or Outeniqua’s backline would gain the upper Hand. The Booishaai pack had the measure of the Kwaggas until late in the second half and the Kwagga backline can, as they have shown since last year, turn any situation into attack.

Much has been said about the size of the Outeniqua pack this year with them weighing in at 865 Kgs. This is quite incredible for a schoolboy rugby team and one can add to this that not all the players in this pack are in Matric which makes it even more incredible. However Booishaai had their measure from the first scrum in both the tight and loose exchanges. The Booishaai Loosehead, Thomas du Toit (as per programme), had a really great game and aside form his usefulness in the loose and his scoring two tries he had his opponent’s measure in the scrums. He scrummed well and managed to get himself underneath the Outeniqua tighthead at every scrum. This is however merely an experience issue and I’m sure will be sorted out as Wynand de Necker gains experience. One can clearly see the influence of a hardened Cuurie Cup Prop in Pierre Ribbens who is one of the coaches of Booishaai. This writer would definitely nominate Thomas du Toit as a potential man of the match.

In the Lineouts the results were fairly evenly matched with both teams losing an occaisional own throw but both main lineout jumpers performed admirably. Unfortunately Outeniqua were playing with Liam van Schalkwyk(usually blindside flank) at lock as Hendri Storm was not available and this definitely had an effect on both their lineout and scrumming ability.

In the loose the exchanges were fairly even with both sides having a little difficulty with preventing the defending side from driving over the ball, but all in all I would have to think that Booishaai edged the ratings in this area. Mention must be made of Dian Koen (OHS) who had a strong afternoon, carrying the ball up the first channel on a good number of occasions.

Overall Booishaai had the better of the forward exchanges as they managed to upset a great deal of the Outeniqua ball and Remu Malan had a lot of really pressured ball to deal with. He did however manage the pressure and distributed excellently. In fact I don’t remember one pass that Dewald “Japie” Human had to stretch for. Paul de Wet, Booishaai’s Scrum half, also had an excellent afternoon. Having big shoes to fill this season (well maybe not that big in stature .. hheheheh) as the follow up to Pieter Schoonraad, last years incumbent, he performed admirably. His timing and precision was excellent , as was his service to his flyhalf.

This brings us to the backlines and this is clearly where the difference came. I don’t think there is backline in South Africa that can honestly be rated above this Outeniqua backline. They are a special group who have the ability attack from absolutely any situation. One needs not mention Warrick “Boogey” Gelant anymore as he is by now a household name in schoolboy rugby circles and I suggest will very soon be one in all rugby circles. His ability to ghost through a gap is unparalleled which resulted in a young Booishaai scholar behind me asking indignantly, “Hoe kom hy so maklik amekaar deur?”.He also had a 100% kicking record of the tee. I will just mention that I do believe that the one part of his game that last year was a little weaker than the rest was his defence, but this year the effect of his time with u18 Springbok Sevens team has made a startling difference and I don’t actually believe he has a weaker part to his game anymore. I might be a little biased in this though . J

The rest of the backline was, as always, impressive in all phases of attack and all except one try were scored by them. Both wings Duhan van der Merwe and Leighton “soda” Eksteen were impressive on attack both being rewarded with scores.

The Booishaai backline where also quite lethal on attack, particularly when kicking the ball up and behind the Outeniqua line and this was particularly noticeable on the left side of the field. Added to this the Booishaai centres were really good, running great lines and breaking the Outeniqua line a good few times.

Neither team kicked from the hand particularly well in this game and at times they got quite frenetic in their desire to run particularly from their own 25. I think that their are times that the supporters would like a little safety first as many are getting on in years and the stress on their hearts is starting to tell. J J Added to this there were quite a few points left on the table with penalties not being taken and seeing as for much of the game there was seven or less points in it, one wonders if it would not have been wiser to rack up the penalties?

Two things that I noticed during the game, which are possibly a little unfortunate, should be mentioned. The first is that on occaision, when scoring, the Outeniqua players engage in a little gamesmanship by not scoring on crossing the line but rather wasting time and almost taunting the opposition. Something that is often seen in sevens rugby but will I am sure not generate fans for the team. Also the game was by no means decided until the final minutes and so wonders if winning the game should not come before engaging in such antics? And secondly the Booishaai coaches seem to spend an great deal of time on the field, coaching and instructing, while the game is in progress. This is also not something that will generate fans as it is quite against the rules of rugby union. I have noticed this creeping into schoolboy rugby and do believe that the referee’s unions need to take a firmer stand on this.

I was also a little surprised that a game of this importance and one that developed as much interest as it did , did not warrant two qualified referees as linesman. Something to be considered.

All in all, this was a fantastic game of rugby and coupled with a fantastic venue with the Klein Drakenstein mountains in the background as well as the friendly reception that Outeniqua received, a memorable day was recorded in the annals of Schoolboy Rugby in South Africa.

Paarl Boys High School 36 (5 Tries) Outeniqua High School 45 (6 Tries)

Teams

PBHS: 1 Thomas du Toit (2 Tries), 2 Daniel du Plessis (1 Try), 3 Derrick Marais, 4 Burger van Niekerk(Captain), 5 Le Roux Roets, 6 Charlton Jonas, 7 Matthew le Roux, 8 Charl-Francois du Toit, 9 Paul de Wet, 10 Nicolas Cottee, 11 Ferlin Vers, 12 Luan Boshoff(4 Coversions 1 Penalty), 13 Dewald Naude (1 Try), 14 Daylen Daniels, 15 Dante van der Merwe (There was also another try scored – Not sure by who)

OHS: 1 Stefaan Grundlingh, 2 Marne Botha, 3 Wynand de Necker (YC), 4 Lian van Schalkwyk, 5 Eduard Zandberg, 6 Geor Malan (Captain 1 Try), 7 Christopher Roelofse, 8 Dian Koen, 9 Remu Malan (1 Try), 10 Dewald Human (1 Try), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (2 Tries), 12 Warrick Gelant (6 Conversions 1 Penalty), 13 Douw Schoeman, 14 Leighton Eksteen (1 Try), Hennie Barnard

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